Before long, it was clear that “I Dream of Jeannie” was one of the biggest shows on television. In order to keep all the actors and actresses happy during those five years, the show went to great lengths to get them anything and everything they wanted. She told the “Today Show” that they not only got a great deal of respect from the crew, but they were pretty much treated like royalty.
Anything they could think of would be delivered right to the studio for their enjoyment. It’s even been noted that these luxuries were above and beyond what actors and actresses in similar roles were able to receive. This has become a lot more commonplace when it comes to shows and movies now, but back then, it wasn’t as common.
Trying on Plenty of Clothes
“I Dream of Jeannie” had a lot going for it – it had humor, romance, magic, and a couple of actors and actresses who knew their way around a set. For Eden, the show was like a dream come true. She got custom-made clothing that was designed to make her as attractive as possible, combining clothing elements from all over the world – the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia – and that’s just when she’s dressed as a genie.
While in modern-day clothing, she also had plenty of fancy duds that took advantage of the counterculture era in which the show was set. Even if you’ve only seen the show a little bit, you can probably picture some of the colorful and cute outfits that Eden got to wear during the show’s long run.
Becoming a Brunette
Despite becoming one of the most famous blondes of the decade, Barbara Eden decided to throw on a brunette wig for a couple of episodes of “I Dream of Jeannie.” Eden also portrayed Jeannie’s evil fraternal twin sister, whose name also happened to be Jeannie. We feel like the parents could have avoided a lot of confusion.
This wicked version of the original Jeannie starts appearing in the third season and always tries to steal Tony away for herself. Thank goodness he was always able to avoid her tricks and traps. All it took was a little bit of magic from “Jeannie II,” and she would look just like her twin sister. Also, as it turns out, Barbara Eden looks just as good as a brunette and maybe even better. Who could have guessed?
What Did Barbara Like to Order?
So you might be asking what Eden wanted when she was told that she could have everything – no questions asked. We’re sure there were normal orders like food and drinks and maybe some things she could use to pamper herself, but there was one specific item that she would order over and over again: bagels! Yes, it seems that this famous actress's greatest vice was bagels from a specific shop in town. Hey, we can’t blame her. Bagels are great.
According to her, she would order loads of bagels every day while the show was filming. We wonder what kind of bagels she went for when she had a hankering, but our tireless research has turned up very little. As long as there are no raisins, we’re fine with whatever she picks.
The All-Important Chemistry
Barbara Eden’s counterpart on “I Dream of Jeannie” was Larry Hagman, who played Captain Tony Nelson. According to Eden, the chemistry between these two was the most important part of the show, and it was the backbone of the sitcom. While Jeannie was madly in love with Nelson, they had a classic on-again, off-again relationship as Nelson wondered if he was truly in love with her back.
Meanwhile, men and women popped up to try and woo either of these pairings away from the other. However, by the end of the fifth season, the two characters had tied the knot, and Barbara Eden herself says that it was the end of the story – they were happy together forever. Thankfully, Eden and Hagman got along fine, or the show would have had a lot of problems.